Yuting Duan founded the Lianzhou Foto Festival in 2005 and has been closely involved in the festival’s development since then. Over the years, Lianzhou Foto has grown to become an influential platform of discussion for the local and international photography scene.
The festival’s long history was celebrated in 2017 with the opening of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP), co-founded by Yuting Duan and the French curator François Cheval. The LMP is the country’s first public institution dedicated to the medium, the result of Yuting’s constant strive to promote contemporary photography in China. She was recognized as part of the Top Ten Characters of Chinese Photography in 2015.
Author of Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China 2005-2014, Yuting has been invited to be a jury member, photo reviewer and guest curator by many international photo festivals, such as Houston FotoFest, FOTOBILD in Berlin, Paris Photo Biennale, Rhubarb-Rhubarb festival in Birmingham, Kyotographie Festival in Japan, Salonika Photo Biennale in Greece, Landskrona Foto Festival in Sweden, Festival de la Luz in Argentina, Young Art Taipei and Moscow Photo Biennale.
Furthermore, Yuting has been a nominator for Prix Pictet Photography Prize, China Photography Awards, Southern Pocket Film Festival, Houston FotoFest Discovery Award, Photo Vogue Festival Award and the Hasselblad Award.